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Chapter 22. ADHD > Conclusion

Conclusion

ADHD is a chronic, lifelong problem. The hyperactivity of ADHD tends to significantly decrease after adolescence, but the problems with inattention and impulsivity persist. Untreated ADHD will significantly impair work performance. The issues go beyond distractibility and include impulsivity, talking too much, interrupting people, snapping at people, being disorganized, forgetting to do important tasks, and avoiding tasks that are not engaging. People may see individuals with ADHD as anxious, not that bright, not that interested, or simply as difficult people. Once the biologically based problem with attention is treated, these symptoms go away and the ability to work and maintain good relationships improve dramatically.


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